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37.061 Coleophora lixella Zeller, 1849
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case in a seed head


Food Plant: Thymus spp. (Thyme)

Egg: Laid on flower

Mine: August - May

Notes: Initially it feeds on the seeds of thyme and then uses the seedhead as a case (as shown on Wild Thyme). It overwinters in this case and starts feeding again in March on grass spp. It then makes a case from the mined blade of grass. This case is enlarged to finally 11mm in length. Occurs where Thyme grows eg chalk downland, rocky slopes. Occurs throughout the UK - mainly coastal in Scotland and on limestone in ireland.

Data: 17.i x.2019, Priddy Pools, North Somerset, VC6

Image:© Will Langdon

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